Another former York Revolution player has made it to the major leagues.
Former Revs third baseman Andy Marte has been called up by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Marte's contract was selected from Triple-A Reno of the Pacific Coast League on Thursday, following a pair of trade-deadline deals. Outfielder Gerardo Parra was traded to the Milwaukee Brewers, and infielder Martin Prado to the New York Yankees, creating the need for Marte on Arizona's major league roster.
In 96 games with the Revolution last season, Marte batted .301 with 19 home runs and 74 RBIs. His contract was purchased by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Aug. 4 and he was assigned to Triple-A Salt Lake. Marte batted .362 for Salt Lake with six home runs and 18 RBIs in 26 games, but a separated shoulder in the PCL playoffs ended any hope that he would get called up by the Angels last September.
He elected to sign as a free agent with Arizona before spring training as a non-roster invitee in the Diamondbacks' major league camp. Before being assigned to minor league camp, Marte homered off Los Angeles Dodgers standout Zack Greinke among other highlights. At Reno this season, Marte batted .330 with 13 home runs and 62 RBIs in 102 games. At the time of his promotion, he was getting on base at a .384 clip and slugging at a .513 percentage. Of his 124 hits so far this season, 41 were for extra bases.
The promotion to Arizona completes a four-year major league comeback for Marte, who was last in the big leagues for 80 games with the Cleveland Indians in 2010. A former top prospect with the Atlanta Braves before being traded to Cleveland after the 2005 season, Marte played in 301 major league games between 2005 and 2010.
Marte becomes the eighth former Revolution player to reach the major leagues, joining outfielder Tike Redman (2007 Orioles), left-hander Justin Hampson (2012 Mets), right-hander Shawn Hill (2012 Blue Jays), left-hander Scott Rice (2013 Mets), left-hander Ian Thomas (2014 Braves), right-hander Julio DePaula (2014 Orioles) and left-hander Ryan Feierabend (2014 Rangers).
After six consecutive pitchers, Marte is the first ex-Revs' position player to get to the majors since Redman went from York to Baltimore within one season, during the inaugural 2007 campaign. Marte is the fourth former Rev to reach the majors this season, an unprecedented number, the fifth since the beginning of last season and the seventh in two calendar years since the midway-point of the 2012 season.
At four years, Marte's major league comeback is only the third longest among Revolution alums this month. Feierabend's promotion to Texas marked a six-year comeback (Seattle Mariners, 2008), while DePaula's call-up to Baltimore completed a seven-year journey. (Minnesota Twins, 2007).